December 26, 2015

The world only exists in your eyes (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

"The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want." (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Once it steps unto the scene of philosophical criticism (analytical, evidentiary) such a statement becomes vulnerable. It *may* make sense as an "art object" - object of the mind looping back into the mind - but then the "world" referenced in there is the mind itself (in which case it is in danger of being declared tautological). Moreover, since such type of statements have a long history - probably go back to an ancestral age - another can of worms may open, since one may ask whether the emergence of this type of weltanschauung is the result of objective evolutionary processes that confer some survival value to the humans cultivating this powerful idea - "the world only exists in your eyes". But then, again, in that case "the world" is pretty objective and darn real...